Re: [Harp-L] Free reed tuning tool

I tune a lot of reeds throughout the week so the thin strip would probably die on me in short order. The feeler gauge I use has lasted about 8 years and I only had to snip it once when it got to worn at the tip. With most guys tuning their own harps the security strip would do fine and likely last a few years. I have locking hemostats that I can use. Once it curls too much in one direction you can pull on it with your fingers to straighten it and reuse them.


On Jan 29, 2011, at 1:43 PM, Vern wrote:

I like to hold such thin strips of metal in a tool so that only about .040" protrudes. This provides a convenient handle and avoids pushing them too far through the slot and damaging the windsaver on the other side.

I have a pair of tweezers with a wire loop that can be pushed down to keep them closed. Locking forceps would also work. Then when the protruding blade inevitably becomes damaged, I cut it off with a pair of scissors and extend about .040" more. This way a 1" strip of metal can provide a dozen or more fresh blades. It works like the knives that allow the dull, used blade tips to be broken off.


On Jan 29, 2011, at 6:00 AM, Michael Easton wrote:

Over the years I've seen harpers post uses for security tags you find on cds and other products.

I finally decided to take one apart. Besides using the thin metal strips to gauge the lining of reeds in the slots another thing
you can do with it is lift blow reeds on both diatonic and chromatic harps for tuning without the need to poke an object inside to raise it.

I've been using very thin feeler gauge to do the same thing for over 10 years now but found it can be done with the security strips as well.

Take one piece of the metal and cut a narrow strip off the metal strip enough to slide it down the front of the reed slot. Cut it just long enough to go down past the reed and be able to catch it underneath. Next pull up while pulling the down the strip toward you. Bala bing! the spring action forces the reed to pop up through the slot. You will need to slide a thicker piece of feeler gauge under the reed to support it while tuning.

I was going to market a reed lifter using feeler gauge but decided to make the idea public domain. Enjoy.

Michael Easton

Michael Easton

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